By James Darrell, Nathaniel Enato
The Hells Canyon area was once home to Shoshone and Nez Perce Tribes. According to the Nez Perce tribe, Coyote dug the Snake River Canyon in a day to protect the people on the west side of the river from the Seven Devils, a band of evil spirits living in the mountain range to the east.Today, boaters can explore archaeological sites and old homesteads, all part of the canyon's rich, colorful history.
Devil Mountain, tallest of the Seven Devils (9,393') towers almost 8,000' above the river. Until a million years ago, the Owyhee Mountains acted as a dam between the Snake River